The links between REDD+ and poverty reduction in current debates are often poorly framed, which has important implications for targeting and for designing 'pro-poor’ REDD+ systems.
The impact of REDD+ on poverty will depend on the types of policy approaches used to meet REDD+ objectives and how they are implemented. However, for most policy areas there is little data on poverty impacts and how policies affect those in poverty.
Whilst examples exist of deforestation and degradation reduction policies that can benefit the poor (such as some community forestry projects), it is often in the implementation of these policies that there are barriers to the participation of the poor or negative impacts.
We've highlighted some resources below which give insights into the links between REDD+ and poverty, and how to develop pro-poor REDD policies.
A good place to start is our REDD-net infosheet on the issue.
Image: Neil Palmer/CIAT